The NIADA Policy Conference took place on Monday, September 24th to Thursday, September 27th, and you can bet your state association was in the thick of things. A plethora of topics were on the docket during the legislative meetings, with the tariffs on automobiles and automobile parts being the most significant.
“The intent of the legislative meetings was to meet with the Georgia delegation of elected officials on the federal level,” said Mo Thrash, GIADA lobbyist. “We met with two U.S. senators and Georgia elected congressmen. The national association takes upon certain issues that we need to discuss with elected officials. The administration is pushing for increased tariffs on imports and exports. This affects the money attached to the automobile industry. We were very concerned about the issue and our delegation is in support of our sentiments on tariffs.”
Amy Bennett, Executive Director of GIADA, said she received a great deal of in-depth insight from the legislative sessions. She mentioned that the association brought up the TAVT in an effort to get the issue stabilized.
“It is very clear that our senators and congressmen fight for our rights,” said Amy. “We went to Washington, D.C. to introduce ourselves as an association and let them know we appreciate all they do for us. The legislators know who we were and what we need to get done. They said they would continue to fight for us as long as they are in office.”
When it comes to protecting used-car businesses in Georgia, no association strives to achieve this better than GIADA. There’s no wonder that the association had such a robust presence at the conference.
“The legislators were very pleased with our turnout, as 15 of our officers and directors came to represent GIADA,” added Amy. “We were the only group, out of all states, that were able to meet with senators Johnny Isakson and David Purdue. There is no doubt, GIADA had the biggest presence at national. This speaks to how much we care about our industry.
“All of our upcoming presidents and leaders of our legislative committee took time (four days) away from their families and businesses to represent and give back to the used car industry,” she continued. “Many people aren’t able to see the time and effort that goes into fighting for Georgia used-car dealers.”
There is a huge misconception that the value of a GIADA membership lies solely on the state level. That couldn’t be more false, as the association makes great strides to protect used-car dealer’s livelihood on the national level also.
“GIADA’s leadership is on top of all issues that affect dealers’ businesses and how they make a living,” said Mo. “The association is aware of what is going on the national level, as well as the state level. GIADA is the largest state independent automobile dealers association in the country. We are the icon of the national association. They look at us as leaders of the industry and other associations follow the way we operate.
“I would like to encourage dealers to stay involved and get more involved on the state and federal level,” he continued. “Please know that we, as a state association, are looking after your interests in more ways than you can conceive.”
For more on the NIADA Policy Conference, visit www.niadapolicyconference.com.